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GO TO 2040 recognizes the importance of a modern transportation system to sustain our region's economy and quality of life.  Residents must be able to access a variety of jobs and communities in which to live, and businesses rely on timely shipments to receive inputs and deliver goods.

While the region's transportation system has long been a foundation of our success, it was built decades ago and is in need of significant investment.  Simply put, we must modernize our transportation system to compete in the global economy.  CMAP's work plan emphasizes the following mobility topics:

 

CMAP uses data to prioritize projects and make investment decisions.  Interactive mobility visualizations allow users to explore this data on metropolitan Chicago's transportation system, including road, transit, and freight networks, which drive our regional economy.

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September 19, 2017  

New Bicycle Friendly Communities announced

  The League of American Bicyclists announced new and renewing Bicycle Friendly Communities (BFCs), including renewing communities from our region: Chicago (Silver-level), Evanston... Read More About New Bicycle Friendly Communities announced
September 19, 2017  

NHTSA releases new, quiet-car standard to protect pedestrians

U.S. DOT's Fast Lane blog announced the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration's issuance of a requirement for synthetic sound to be added to "quiet" cars (newly-manufactured... Read More About NHTSA releases new, quiet-car standard to protect pedestrians
September 12, 2017  

Active Trans Chicago River Trail Action Plan

The Active Transportation Alliance released the Chicago River Trail Action Plan .  The plan provides a vision and lays out key steps to create a continuous trail on the north and south... Read More About Active Trans Chicago River Trail Action Plan
September 12, 2017  

Study links bicycle infrastructure with safety and increased ridership

The American Journal of Public Health published the results of a study examining the relationship between the construction of bicycle infrastructure, crash and injury rates for cyclists, and... Read More About Study links bicycle infrastructure with safety and increased ridership
September 12, 2017  

Australia publishes guidelines for the design and installation of bicycle parking facilities

Austroads, Australia's national transportation agency, released a report that provides information for the design and installation of bicycle parking facilities and other end-of-trip bicycle... Read More About Australia publishes guidelines for the design and installation of bicycle parking facilities
September 5, 2017  

FHWA releases fact sheet on incorporating road diet into policies

The Federal Highway Administration Office of Safety has created a document on road diet policies . A road diet, also known as a lane reduction or road re-channelization, is a technique in... Read More About FHWA releases fact sheet on incorporating road diet into policies
September 5, 2017  

NACTO releases toolkit on carrying out bike share intercept surveys

The National Association of City Transportation Officials (NACTO) has released a how-to guide for conducting bike-share user intercept surveys.  The guide gives detailed instructions and... Read More About NACTO releases toolkit on carrying out bike share intercept surveys
September 5, 2017  

Report looks at how transportation policy can advance goals for lower emission levels

The Frontier Group, in partnership with Environment America Research and Policy Center and the U.S. Public Interest Research Group (PIRG), released the report, " Fifty Steps Toward Carbon-Free... Read More About Report looks at how transportation policy can advance goals for lower emission levels
August 23, 2017  

Brazilian guide to including bicycling in transportation planning

Brazilian members of the World Cycling Alliance, supported by the Instituto Clima e Sociedade , have published the guide " How to Include Cycling in Urban Mobility Plans ."  The guide,... Read More About Brazilian guide to including bicycling in transportation planning
August 23, 2017  

United Nations report calls for greater investment in bicycling and walking

A report from UN Environment examines and documents the inclusion of non-motorized transportation in national or city policies in a sample of low- and middle-income countries in Africa, Asia,... Read More About United Nations report calls for greater investment in bicycling and walking
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The transportation network is one of our region's most important assets, moving people and goods to and from jobs, markets, and recreation.  While this advanced system of highways, trains, and buses retains an excellent national and global reputation, it is aging quickly and losing stride with 21st Century needs.  The Regional Vision describes a future multimodal transportation system that is "safe, accessible, easy to navigate, affordable, and coordinated with nearby land uses," reduces congestion and improves mobility, and supports "reinvestment in our existing communities…leading to environmentally sensitive and fiscally efficient outcomes."    

To achieve this, GO TO 2040 seeks to maintain existing infrastructure of all types and gain operational efficiencies from it, make additional investments in transit and freight, use innovative and sustainable finance and system management ideas, link transportation investments with housing and land uses, and encourage choices that result in livable, walkable, transit-supportive communities.  

CMAP thinks about regional transportation system as having the following components: strategic investment, roads, transit, and freight.  A 21st Century transportation system requires strategic investments that support economic growth and quality of life.  Billions of transportation dollars are at stake each year in Illinois.  Taxpayers deserve to understand how priorities are set for investments, and that these investments are credible, accountable, and tied to measureable benefits.  

A strategic, performance-based approach will help to address the region's substantial road congestion and deferred maintenance needs.  Our extensive highway network accommodates the vast majority of regional travel, not only in private automobiles, but also by other mode.  A modern approach to highway investment must embrace "complete streets" that also recognize the needs of transit, bicyclists, and pedestrians.  This way of thinking acknowledges that roads are not only transportation facilities, but also vital components of our communities.  

Strategic investments will also help to provide a stronger commitment to transit.  Northeastern Illinois needs and deserves a world-class transit system.  This requires attention to not only how transit operates, but how it is perceived.  A transit system that functions well, with on-time and frequent service and seamless connection between modes, is a necessity.  But so are features that make transit attractive, such as clean stations, modern transit vehicles, and clear information.  

Finally, such an approach will recognize the critical importance of freight to our region.  Metropolitan Chicago is the nation's preeminent freight hub, linking the region's industries and consumers to global markets.  Highways, railroads, waterways, and airports all provide important connections to the world.  Yet each of these modes of transportation is intertwined with the livability of the region.  

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